New Horizons across the Ocean: Two American Nurse Practitioners Collaborate on Pain Management Concepts with Italian Physicians and Nurses

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151318
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Presentation
Title:
New Horizons across the Ocean: Two American Nurse Practitioners Collaborate on Pain Management Concepts with Italian Physicians and Nurses
Abstract:
New Horizons across the Ocean: Two American Nurse Practitioners Collaborate on Pain Management Concepts with Italian Physicians and Nurses
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Morales, Sofia Cristina, MSN
P.I. Institution Name:Miami Children's Hospital
Title:ARNP-BC, Pediatric Surgery
[Evidence-based Presentation] Purpose: To present the experience of two American nurse practitioners collaborating within the Italian healthcare system. Description: A post graduate grant provided the opportunity for two nurse practitioners to compare and contrast American and Italian child health practices. At Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, the nurse practitioners observed painful procedures without sedation or pain management (i.e. bone marrow aspiration and endoscopy). One major difference noted was the inadequate pain assessment and treatment.ááá The nurse practitioners introduced the Baker-Wong FACES and FLACC pain scales to the Italian team. The Italian staff was receptive to information regarding the "fifth vital sign". During the 6 weeks, the American nurse practitioners in collaboration with the Italian transdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and child life staff introduced and translated the pain scales.áOutcome: Six months later, the translated version of the FACES and FLACC pain scales were approved by the hospital administration and implemented hospital wide. The Italian team is now using the pain scales as part of their assessments.áConclusions:áIntroduction of the pain scale resulted in an increased awareness of pain and pain management. Collaboration between the two teams continues a year later and one Italian physician recently visited the American hospital for further collaboration. There are plans to meet again at both institutions to continue improving healthcare internationally. Implications for nursing practice:áThe American nurse practitioners acted as change agents, educators and collaborators. As change agents, they implemented change despite language and cultural barriers. As educators, they taught their colleagues about the importance of assessing and treating pain.áThe nurse practitioners collaborated with the Italian team to implement a pain scale that is culturally sensitive, easily utilized, and affects patient care in a positive manner.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNew Horizons across the Ocean: Two American Nurse Practitioners Collaborate on Pain Management Concepts with Italian Physicians and Nursesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151318-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">New Horizons across the Ocean: Two American Nurse Practitioners Collaborate on Pain Management Concepts with Italian Physicians and Nurses</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Morales, Sofia Cristina, MSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Miami Children's Hospital</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">ARNP-BC, Pediatric Surgery</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sofia.morales@mch.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Evidence-based Presentation] Purpose: To present the experience of two American nurse practitioners collaborating within the Italian healthcare system. Description: A post graduate grant provided the opportunity for two nurse practitioners to compare and contrast American and Italian child health practices. At Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome, the nurse practitioners observed painful procedures without sedation or pain management (i.e. bone marrow aspiration and endoscopy). One major difference noted was the inadequate pain assessment and treatment.&aacute;&aacute;&aacute; The nurse practitioners introduced the Baker-Wong FACES and FLACC pain scales to the Italian team. The Italian staff was receptive to information regarding the &quot;fifth vital sign&quot;. During the 6 weeks, the American nurse practitioners in collaboration with the Italian transdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and child life staff introduced and translated the pain scales.&aacute;Outcome: Six months later, the translated version of the FACES and FLACC pain scales were approved by the hospital administration and implemented hospital wide. The Italian team is now using the pain scales as part of their assessments.&aacute;Conclusions:&aacute;Introduction of the pain scale resulted in an increased awareness of pain and pain management. Collaboration between the two teams continues a year later and one Italian physician recently visited the American hospital for further collaboration. There are plans to meet again at both institutions to continue improving healthcare internationally. Implications for nursing practice:&aacute;The American nurse practitioners acted as change agents, educators and collaborators. As change agents, they implemented change despite language and cultural barriers. As educators, they taught their colleagues about the importance of assessing and treating pain.&aacute;The nurse practitioners collaborated with the Italian team to implement a pain scale that is culturally sensitive, easily utilized, and affects patient care in a positive manner.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:58:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:58:32Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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